Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Information

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Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS, offer great potential as tools for research and teaching. NC State regulation 10.10.09, Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems establishes a framework for identifying, managing, and mitigating risk when using UAS, in order to ensure compliance with all State and Federal laws and regulations, and in furtherance of NC State’s institutional goals and objectives.

Required Notification

Because of the potential legal and risk management issues involved in operating UAS, a written summary of the proposed activities must be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the first intended use.

Use this web form for notification:
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Notification Form

The Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development and the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology have joint oversight of all operations of UAS for university activities.

Advisory Group

The UAS Advisory Group consists of representatives from the College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University Police, Institute for Transportation Research and Education, and the Director of Insurance and Risk Management. The group’s role is to advise the Vice Chancellors on university UAS activities. The Advisory Group is responsible for reviewing and recommending rules, procedures and standards for UAS operation.

Prohibition of Flights

Unless identified as a designated area, no person shall operate a UAS on, in or over any university premises. Exceptions may be granted by Office of Insurance and Risk Management after consulting with the Office of General Counsel. Individuals or companies desiring to operate UAS on university premises for commercial photography or filming purposes must contact University Communications prior to conducting any flights.

Hobby or Recreational Use of UAS

Persons who wish to operate UAS on university premises for hobby or recreational purposes are encouraged to provide the Office of Insurance and Risk Management with the following information at least three (3) university business day before the proposed date of the use: the name of the UAS pilot, the type of UAS to be flown, the dates and locations where the UAS will be operated, and the names of all individuals who will be participating in the activity.

Insurance and Risk site for notification:

UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Hobby Notification Form

Man holding umanned aerial fixed wing plane in a field with control system in foreground.For questions or help

Shawn Troxler, Office of General Counsel
Email: sctroxle@ncsu.edu

Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for IT
Email: mihoit@ncsu.edu

Mladen Vouk, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation & Economic Development
Email: vouk@ncsu.edu

NC State Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Resources